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70th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) 2017 honours ‘La La Land’ with best film.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2017 by vincentloy

The 70th British Academy Film Awards, or simply known as BAFTA is held yesterday at Royal Albert Hall, London. It is the fourth of the five major annual awards celebrating the best of Hollywood films. It is also an important precursor award to the coming OSCARS as there is an overlapping of over 500 members voting for the BAFTA and also at the OSCARS. Stephen Fry is hosting the awards ceremony again. Here below is the full nomination list with the winners highlighted alongside with a bit of my thoughts.

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BEST FILM
ARRIVAL Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron Ryder
I, DANIEL BLAKE Rebecca O’Brien
LA LA LAND Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt – WINNER
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh
MOONLIGHT Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski

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Opinion: Deserving win for ‘La La Land’, an energetic and heartfelt musical masterpiece. It looks like this Oscar frontrunner is unstoppable as the momentum of ‘Moonlight’ is going downhill now. ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ should be at least getting a nomination here and replace ‘I, Daniel Blake’. Well, British tend to be biased towards their own productions and so there must be at least one British film contending for the top honour here. 

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
AMERICAN HONEY Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Pouya Shahbazian, Jay Van Hoy
DENIAL Mick Jackson, Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff, David Hare
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM David Yates, J.K. Rowling, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram
I, DANIEL BLAKE Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, Paul Laverty – WINNER
NOTES ON BLINDNESS Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison
UNDER THE SHADOW Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh

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Opinion: Since ‘I, Daniel Blake’ is even getting nominated for best film, it is a 100% certainty that it is going to take home this one. 

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
The Girl With All the Gifts: MIKE CAREY (Writer), CAMILLE GATIN (Producer)
The Hard Stop: GEORGE AMPONSAH (Writer/Director/Producer), DIONNE WALKER (Writer/Producer)
Notes on Blindness: PETER MIDDLETON (Writer/Director/Producer), JAMES SPINNEY (Writer/Director), JO-JO ELLISON (Producer)
The Pass: JOHN DONNELLY (Writer), BEN A. WILLIAMS (Director)
Under the Shadow: BABAK ANVARI (Writer/Director), EMILY LEO, OLIVER ROSKILL, LUCAN TOH (Producers) – WINNER

Opinion: No comment. Didn’t watch any of these works above.

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
DHEEPAN Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux
JULIETA Pedro Almodóvar
MUSTANG Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Charles Gillibert
SON OF SAUL László Nemes, Gábor Sipos – WINNER
TONI ERDMANN Maren Ade, Janine Jackowski

Opinion: ‘Son of Saul’ won the Oscars last year for best foreign language film  in 2015 but it is only released in UK last year (2016). Hence, it is a year late and that doesn’t take away its position as the best in this category. 

DOCUMENTARY
13th Ava DuVernay – WINNER
THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK- THE TOURING YEARS Ron Howard
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS Otto Bell, Stacey Reiss
NOTES ON BLINDNESS Peter Middleton, James Spinney
WEINER Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg

Opinion: No comment. Didn’t watch any of these works above.

ANIMATED FILM
FINDING DORY Andrew Stanton
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS Travis Knight – WINNER
MOANA Ron Clements, John Musker
ZOOTROPOLIS Byron Howard, Rich Moore

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Opinion: Very happy for ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ to win. It is certainly a much better choice than the Oscar frontrunner, ‘Zootopia’ (or called ‘Zootropolis’ here in UK). ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ was better in story, style, and of course in visuals. I hope it will win in the coming Oscars too.

DIRECTOR
ARRIVAL Denis Villeneuve
I, DANIEL BLAKE Ken Loach
LA LA LAND Damien Chazelle – WINNER
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Kenneth Lonergan
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Tom Ford

Opinion: A very predictable win. Damien Chazelle has been taking all the director awards for his work in ‘La La Land’.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
HELL OR HIGH WATER Taylor Sheridan
I, DANIEL BLAKE Paul Laverty
LA LA LAND Damien Chazelle
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Kenneth Lonergan – WINNER
MOONLIGHT Barry Jenkins

Opinion: Another expected result. Deserving win for ‘Manchester by the Sea’ that has a fantastic script and amazing performances by the cast.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
ARRIVAL Eric Heisserer
HACKSAW RIDGE Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight
HIDDEN FIGURES Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder
LION Luke Davies – WINNER
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Tom Ford

Opinion: Not only that ‘Lion’ is getting a lot of love from the Oscars in their nomination list, but also here with a win in adapted screenplay, beating out all other excellent nominees. 

LEADING ACTOR
ANDREW GARFIELD Hacksaw Ridge
CASEY AFFLECK Manchester by the Sea – WINNER
JAKE GYLLENHAAL Nocturnal Animals
RYAN GOSLING La La Land
VIGGO MORTENSEN Captain Fantastic

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Opinion: With Denzel Washington not being nominated here, it is unsurprising for Casey Affleck to take home best actor easily. Well, he deserved it too for his amazingly restrained performance in ‘Manchester by the Sea’. It will be a battle between Denzel and Casey in the coming Oscars and I still prefer Casey. Denzel has won Oscar twice in the past. 

LEADING ACTRESS
AMY ADAMS Arrival
EMILY BLUNT The Girl on the Train
EMMA STONE La La Land – WINNER
MERYL STREEP Florence Foster Jenkins
NATALIE PORTMAN Jackie

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Opinion: It looks like Emma Stone is going to take the Oscar for best actress too. While I love ‘La La Land’, I find that her performance in it was not challenging, not a breakthrough and not an eye-opener. People just voted for her due to her adorable persona and not based on true performances. I’m still hoping for Natalie Portman to win in the coming Oscars for her splendid performance in ‘Jackie’ as the titular character. 

SUPPORTING ACTOR
AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON Nocturnal Animals
DEV PATEL Lion – WINNER
HUGH GRANT Florence Foster Jenkins
JEFF BRIDGES Hell or High Water
MAHERSHALA ALI Moonlight

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Opinion: Mahershala Ali is a frontrunner in this category all along until British Academy decided to award it to someone else. What a surprise. It makes the race in this category very exciting. The winner, Dev Patel deserves this award too for his excellent performance in ‘Lion’.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
HAYLEY SQUIRES I, Daniel Blake
MICHELLE WILLIAMS Manchester by the Sea
NAOMIE HARRIS Moonlight
NICOLE KIDMAN Lion
VIOLA DAVIS Fences – WINNER

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Opinion: This is the only acting category that is a lock. Viola Davis all the way. 

ORIGINAL MUSIC
ARRIVAL Jóhann Jóhannsson
JACKIE Mica Levi
LA LA LAND Justin Hurwitz – WINNER
LION Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Abel Korzeniowski

Opinion: Very much expected. A film that is all about music should win this one easily. ‘La La Land’ presented to us amazing score and songs. Enough said.

CINEMATOGRAPHY
ARRIVAL Bradford Young
HELL OR HIGH WATER Giles Nuttgens
LA LA LAND Linus Sandgren – WINNER
LION Greig Fraser
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Seamus McGarvey

Opinion: Yup…’La La Land’ again. Beautiful camera work throughout the whole movie.

EDITING
ARRIVAL Joe Walker
HACKSAW RIDGE John Gilbert – WINNER
LA LA LAND Tom Cross
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Jennifer Lame
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Joan Sobel

Opinion: I thought that ‘La La Land’ would win this as well. Fine. I’m glad that British Academy decided to spread the wealth and award something to ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ which is also another great film. 

PRODUCTION DESIGN
DOCTOR STRANGE John Bush, Charles Wood
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock – WINNER
HAIL, CAESAR! Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh
LA LA LAND Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, David Wasco
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Shane Valentino, Meg Everist

Opinion: Well, British Academy would want to award ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ at least in one category and this is it. It’s a British film and British Academy would not want it to be completely shut out. 

COSTUME DESIGN
ALLIED Joanna Johnston
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Colleen Atwood
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS Consolata Boyle
JACKIE Madeline Fontaine – WINNER
LA LA LAND Mary Zophres

Opinion: ‘Jackie’ presented to the audiences amazing costumes in that period of 1960s in the US, especially the glamorous ones worn by Natalie Portmna as Jackie. A deserving win. 

MAKE UP & HAIR
DOCTOR STRANGE Jeremy Woodhead
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS J. Roy Helland, Daniel Phillips – WINNER
HACKSAW RIDGE Shane Thomas
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Donald Mowat, Yolanda Toussieng
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Opinion: Happy for ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ to win this. Great make-up and hairstyling works in that movie. I’m surprised this film is not even getting a nomination in the Oscars in this category. BAFTA did it right more than the Oscars here.

SOUND
ARRIVAL Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl, Sylvain Bellemare – WINNER
DEEPWATER HORIZON Mike Prestwood Smith, Dror Mohar, Wylie Stateman, David Wyman
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Niv Adiri, Glenn Freemantle, Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Ian Tapp
HACKSAW RIDGE Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright
LA LA LAND Mildred Iatrou Morgan, Ai-Ling Lee, Steve A. Morrow, Andy Nelson

Opinion: Surprised to see ‘La La Land’ losing this one. Still happy for ‘Arrival’ to win with its unique and interesting sound work.

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
ARRIVAL Louis Morin
DOCTOR STRANGE Richard Bluff, Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Tim Burke, Pablo Grillo, Christian Manz, David Watkins
THE JUNGLE BOOK Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez – WINNER
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Neil Corbould, Hal Hickel, Mohen Leo, John Knoll, Nigel Sumner

Opinion: A very deserving win for ‘The Jungle Book’, a movie filled with great scenery, realistic talking animals, and breathtaking visuals overall. 

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
THE ALAN DIMENSION Jac Clinch, Jonathan Harbottle, Millie Marsh
A LOVE STORY Khaled Gad, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, Elena Ruscombe-King – WINNER
TOUGH Jennifer Zheng

Opinion: No comment. Didn’t watch any of these works above.

EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
ANYA TAYLOR-JOY
LAIA COSTA
LUCAS HEDGES
RUTH NEGGA
TOM HOLLAND – WINNER

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Opinion: I knew that Tom Holland will win this eventhough I find that Ruth Negga is more deserving of this recognition. All the British girls will just vote for Tom Holland while the boys also will vote for him, anticipating his upcoming Spiderman role in ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’. He is actually great in ‘The Impossible’, a disaster film few years ago when he was still a child. Now, he is a young adult and there is a bright future for him ahead.

OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA
CURZON CINEMAS

Opinion: Curzon Cinemas is a chain of cinema that specializes in art house films. Didn’t know anything about it since I’m not living in London. Hence, no comment for its win.

BAFTA FELLOWSHIP (Lifetime Achievement Award)
MEL BROOKS

Opinion: I don’t know who is Mel Brooks and so no comment too.

‘La La Land’ is the biggest winner of the ceremony with 5 wins including taking home the best film prize. ‘Nocturnal Animals’ and ‘Moonlight’ are completely empty-handed without any win respectively. But overall, this awards has been spreading the wealth with many nominated films winning at least one award in the evening respectively.

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Winners list for the 69th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2016 by vincentloy

The 69th British Academy Film Awards, or simply known as the BAFTA is held yesterday at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, UK. Hosted by Stephen Fry again, this is the most prestigious film awards in British cinema and is the second last of the five major Hollywood film awards in the annual awards season run (the last of the five is of course the Oscars which will be held end of this month). Hereby below is the full list of winners for the 69th British Academy Film Awards alongside with my opinions in some of the categories:

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Best Film

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Carol

The Revenant – WINNER

Spotlight

Opinion: ‘The Revenant’ is now gaining momentum very quick with many major trophies taken in. Out of the five, I would also pick ‘The Revenant’. It’s now confirmed to be the battle between ‘Spotlight’ and ‘The Revenant’ for best picture win in the coming Oscars.

Best Leading Actor

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant – WINNER

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Opinion: 100% sure it’s going to be Leonardo DiCaprio. He swept almost all the leading actor trophies this year since he is overdue and he gave an excellent performance in ‘The Revenant’. Leo, prepare a space on your trophy cabinet for the Oscars next.

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Best Leading Actress

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room – WINNER

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Opinion: Also a very expected result as Brie Larson is taking all the best actress wins in all the previous major awards. She is incredible in ‘Room’ and should be getting ready for her Oscar winning speech too.

Best Director

Todd Haynes, Carol

Alejandro G Iñárritu, The Revenant – WINNER

Adam McKay, The Big Short

Ridley Scott, The Martian

Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies

Opinion: Since Alejandro couldn’t win last year for ‘Birdman’ in BAFTA, the British Academy will reward him this year, and he deserved it too for his impressive directorial effort in ‘The Revenant’.

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Benicio Del Toro, Sicario

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies – WINNER

Opinion: UK loves Mark Rylance, and so he won despite not winning any trophies for this role in the past major film awards. This is like a bit of a surprise for me as I previously predicted Idris Elba to win since he also won the same award in the SAG not long ago for ‘Beasts of No Nation’.

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara, Carol

Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

Julie Walters, Brooklyn

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs – WINNER

Opinion: Since Alicia Vikander’s work in ‘The Danish Girl’ is pushed to leading category while Rooney Mara is not for her role in ‘Carol’, I thought that this is a lock for Rooney Mara. But surprisingly, Golden Globe winner, Kate Winslet triumphed again here. So for the coming Oscars, it’s a tight battle between Alicia Vikander and Kate Winslet while Rooney Mara is still a potential dark horse behind.

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Outstanding British Film

45 Years

Amy

Brooklyn – WINNER

The Danish Girl

Ex Machina

The Lobster

Opinion: Expected result. Out of all the nominees here, only ‘Brooklyn’ is nominated for Best Picture in the coming Oscars. Hence, it is the clear stand-out in this category.

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

Alex Garland, director, Ex Machina

Debbie Tucker Green, writer/director, Second Coming

Stephen Fingleton, writer/director, The Survivalist

Sean McAllister, director/producer, Elhum Shakerifar, producer, A Syrian Love Story

Naji Abu Nowar, writer/director, Rupert Lloyd, producer, Theeb – WINNER

Best Documentary

Amy – WINNER

Cartel Land

He Named Me Malala

Listen to Me Marlon

Sherpa

Best Animated Film

Inside Out – WINNER

Minions

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Opinion: ‘Inside Out’ won and it is totally deserving. The best animation movie last year. I’m actually surprised that ‘Minions’ got nominated.

Best Film not in the English Language

The Assassin

Force Majeure

Theeb

Timbuktu

Wild Tales – WINNER

Best Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies, Matthew Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Ex Machina, Alex Garland

The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino

Inside Out, Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve

Spotlight, Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer -WINNER

Opinion: Expected ‘Spotlight’ to take this but my preference is actually ‘Bridge of Spies’, ‘Ex Machina’ or even ‘Inside Out’.

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short, Adam McKay, Charles Randolph -WINNER

Brooklyn, Nick Hornby

Carol, Phyllis Nagy

Room, Emma Donoghue

Steve Jobs, Aaron Sorkin

Opinion: Also expected ‘The Big Short’ to take this but my preference is ‘Room’.

Best Original Music

Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies

Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight – WINNER

Ryuichi Sakamoto, Carsten Nicolai, The Revenant

Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario

John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Cinematography

Janusz Kamiński, Bridge of Spies

Ed Lachman, Carol

John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road

Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant – WINNER

Roger Deakins, Sicario

Opinion: Wow…Emmanuel Lubezki is going to be taking his third consecutive Oscars as he gave in another incredible cinematography work last year on ‘The Revenant’.

Best Editing

Hank Corwin, The Big Short

Michael Kahn, Bridge of Spies

Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

Pietro Scalia, The Martian

Stephen Mirrione, The Revenant

Opinion: Finally, a win for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, a major favourite last year. The movie should be now starting to get a lot of awards in technical categories.

Best Production Design

Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, Bridge of Spies

Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler, Carol

Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson, Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

Arthur Max, Celia Bobak, The Martian

Rick Carter, Darren Gilford, Lee Sandales, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Opinion: Yes, Mad Max again. But I actually prefer ‘Bridge of Spies’ to take this one.

Best Costume Design

Odile Dicks-Mireaux, Brooklyn

Sandy Powell, Carol

Sandy Powell, Cinderella

Paco Delgado, The Danish Girl

Jenny Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

Opinion: Mad Max again. The movie certainly dominates in technical categories. I would have prefer ‘Cinderella’ to win.

Best Make-up and Hair

Morna Ferguson, Lorraine Glynn, Brooklyn

Jerry DeCarlo, Patricia Regan, Carol

Jan Sewell, The Danish Girl

Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin. Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert Pandini, The Revenant

Opinion: Mad Max again as well. My preference would be ‘The Danish Girl’ for the extremely exquisite transformation work from make-up and hair-styling especially for the main lead actor, Eddie Redmayne into a woman.

Best Sound

Drew Kunin, Richard Hymns, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, Bridge of Spies

Scott Hecker, Chris Jenkins, Mark Mangini, Ben Osmo, Gregg Rudloff, David White, Mad Max: Fury Road

Paul Massey, Mac Ruth, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor, The Martian

Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom, The Revenant – WINNER

David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Matthew Wood, Stuart Wilson, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Special Visual Effects

Ant-Man, Jake Morrison, Greg Steele, Dan Sudick, Alex Wuttke

Ex Machina, Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Andrew Whitehurst

Mad Max: Fury Road, Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Tom Wood, Andy Williams

The Martian, Chris Lawrence, Tim Ledbury, Richard Stammers, Steven Warner

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan – WINNER

Opinion: Box office hit, Star Wars: The Force Awakens must be taking at least one award home. And so here it comes.

Best British Short Animation

Edmond, Nina Gantz, Emilie Jouffroy – WINNER

Manoman, Simon Cartwright, Kamilla Kristiane Hodol

Prologue, Richard Williams, Imogen Sutton

Best British Short Film

Elephant, Nick Helm, Alex Moody, Esther Smith

Mining Poems or Odes, Callum Rice, Jack Cocker

Operator, Caroline Bartleet, Rebecca Morgan – WINNER

Over, Jörn Threlfall, Jeremy Bannister

Samuel-613 Billy Lumby, Cheyenne Conway

The EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)

Bel Powley

Brie Larson

Dakota Johnson

John Boyega – WINNER

Taron Egerton

Opinion: Brie Larson is for best actress straight and so doesn’t need to care for this one. John Boyega is the only black person in this category and to avoid being criticized like the Oscars for being racist (in favour of all Whites), UK voters made a decision to prevent that from happening. Hence, John Boyega win. I didn’t think he gave in any really great performances last year. I would have prefer Taron Egerton to take this actually.

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Full result and my opinions on the 68th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA 2015)

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2015 by vincentloy

And I did it. I purposely woke up 5am this morning to catch the live online broadcast from London of the 68th British Academy Film Awards, or commonly known as BAFTAs. I had only about three to four hours of sleep last night just for this. Once the presentation ceremony was over, I head up straight for work with all the Monday blues and sleepy mood.

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Overall, I’m very satisfied with the results of this year’s BAFTAs. The deserving wins. The only surprising thing is from one of the successful British films last year, ‘The Imitation Game’. It gained 9 nominations but left empty-handed after the ceremony. Everyone thought that the movie deserved at least a single trophy, most probably in the adapted screenplay category that eventually went to ‘The Theory of Everything’, another critically-acclaimed British film in 2014. The film also went on to be one of the biggest winners of the night with win also in Best Leading Actor (for Eddie Redmayne) and in Outstanding British Film. Professor Stephen Hawking himself also attended the ceremony in support of Eddie and to the movie ‘The Theory of Everything’, a biopic based on him and his first wife, Jane. He was brought up to stage with standing ovation from the audiences when he is about to present the award for Best Visual Effects.

Coming-of-age drama film, ‘Boyhood’ took home three top prizes at the night; Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (for Patricia Arquette). However, the biggest winner of the night (in numbers) would be ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, with win in 5 categories. On the other hand, ‘Whiplash’ performed above expectation with three wins. Another critically-acclaimed film, ‘Birdman’ went home disappointingly with only one award, while many expected the film to score at least 2 wins. But that disappointment didn’t go that worst compared to ‘The Imitation Game’ as mentioned earlier. Stephen Fry, hosting the ceremony for the 10th time did a great job again.

Hereby are the full result of the just concluded 68th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs 2015), the biggest event in UK’s film calendar.

BEST FILM

Boyhood (Winner)
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

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Comment: Expected that Boyhood will take Best Film. Most of all said it is an ordinary story told extraordinarily, and the movie makes history in cinema for its filming in 12 years. Eventhough I don’t really enjoy the film, but I will go with the majority’s critical acclaim to the film. Birdman seems to have a chance here too, but lost in the end.

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

The Theory of Everything (Winner)
’71
The Imitation Game
Paddington
Pride
Under The Skin

Comment: Happy for ‘The Theory of Everything’ to win. Eventhough it received a bit lower critics’ rating compared to ‘The Imitation Game’, but the subject the former addresses is more appealing and touching for voters. ‘The Theory of Everything’ still deserves to win this. I love the film.

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything (Winner)
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman

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Comment: Eddie Redmayne is phenomenal as Professor Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory of Everything’. He nailed the role, which is seriously very hard to portray. I’m glad he win this. Now, he is tipped for Oscar glory end of this month. But still, he has to watch out for Michael Keaton, the strong dark horse and previous expected frontrunner in best actor category.

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Julianne Moore – Still Alice (Winner)
Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

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Comment: Everyone knows that this is the year for Julianne Moore. No one else. The others have to step aside this year to make way for this great actress whom has not been truly acknowledged or honoured in the past. She is excellent.

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

JK Simmons – Whiplash (Winner)
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

Comment: A very predictable category. JK Simmons all the way. His role as the very harsh and abusive music teacher in ‘Whiplash’ gained everyone’s approval on his acting. If he isn’t here, then I’ll go for Edward Norton. He did very well in ‘Birdman’ too.

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood (Winner)
Rene Russo – Nightcrawler
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Imelda Staunton – Pride
Emma Stone – Birdman

Comment: Also another very predictable category. I guess Patricia Arquette took all the supporting actress awards from this role. Wonderful and heartfelt performance in ‘Boyhood’. She is the only one in the movie that makes me to finish the 3-hour long film. If she isn’t here, then I’ll go for Emma Stone  from Birdman.

BEST DIRECTOR

Richard Linklater – Boyhood (Winner)
Wes Anderson – Grand Budapest Hotel
Damian Chazelle – Whiplash
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
James Marsh – The Theory of Everything

Comment: Richard Linklater’s ambition of shooting the film ‘Boyhood’ in a span of 12 years is already breathtaking. Who else deserved to stop on his way to clinch the best director award? No way.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten (Winner)
American Sniper – Jason Hall
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
The Imitation Game – Graham Moore
Paddington – Paul King

Comment: Hoping for ‘The Imitation Game’ to walk home with at least a win in this category. But no… ‘The Theory of Everything’ wins. I’m fine with that anyway. But wait…what is ‘Paddington’ doing here? Not worthy for a nomination here.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson (Winner)
Birdman – Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo
Boyhood – Richard Linklater
Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

Comment: Would prefer ‘Birdman’ to win this, since it is an excellent film and had only won one award in this BAFTA 2015. It seems like there isn’t enough recognition for ‘Birdman’ here. What a pity.

BEST ANIMATED FILM

The Lego Movie (Winner)
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls

Comment: BAFTA did it right on this one, so much better than the lousy Oscars that do not even care to nominate ‘The Lego Movie’ into their five nominees list for Best Animated Feature. I’m still angry. At least now, there is a consolation prize for the awesome ‘The Lego Movie’ from BAFTA here.

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Citizenfour (Winner)
20 Feet from Stardom
20,000 Days on Earth
Finding Vivian Maier
Virunga

BEST FOREIGN FILM (FILM NOT IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE)

Ida (Winner)
Leviathan
The Lunchbox
Trash
Two Days, One Night

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki (Winner)
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman
Ida – Lukasz Zal, Ryszard Lenczewski
Interstellar – Hoyte van Hoytema
Mr Turner – Dick Pope

Comment: Totally deserving for ‘Birdman’ to win in this category. Amazing cinematography!

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Winner)
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr Turner
The Theory of Everything

Comment: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ excels in many smaller categories like this one and few more below, eventhough it doesn’t perform that well in major categories. Many creative and distinctive outputs from this film that made it totally deserving for several wins in BAFTA this year. But winning 5 at the night is a bit too much. I thought 3 or 4 trophies for this film is good enough.

BEST FILM EDITING

Whiplash – Tom Cross (Winner)
Birdman – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Barney Pilling
The Imitation Game – William Goldenberg
Nightcrawler – John Gilroy
The Theory of Everything – Jinx Godfrey

Comment: Happy that ‘Whiplash’ is also honoured in other category rather than just JK Simmons, again and again.

BEST MAKE-UP AND HAIR

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon (Winner)
Guardians of the Galaxy – Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, David White
Into the Woods – Peter Swords King, J Roy Helland
Mr Turner – Christine Blundell, Lesa Warrener
The Theory of Everything – Jan Sewell

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat (Winner)
Birdman – Antonio Sanchez
Interstellar – Hans Zimmer
The Theory of Everything – Johann Johannsson
Under the Skin – Mica Levi

Comment: I actually prefer ‘The Theory of Everything’ to win this. Absolutely fascinating and moving music from that Stephen and Jane Hawking’s biopic.

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock (Winner)
Big Eyes – Rick Heinrichs, Shane Vieau
The Imitation Game – Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana MacDonald
Interstellar – Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
Mr Turner – Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts

BEST SOUND

Whiplash – Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann (Winner)
American Sniper – Walt Martin, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman
Birdman – Thomas Varga, Martin Hernandez, Aaron Glascock, Jon Taylor, Frank A Montaño
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wayne Lemmer, Christopher Scarabosio, Pawel Wdowczak
The Imitation Game – John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Stuart Hilliker, Martin Jensen

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Interstellar – Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley (Winner)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Erik Winquist, Daniel Barrett
Guardians of the Galaxy – Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner, Nicolas Aithadi
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R Christopher White
X-Men: Days of Future Past – Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer

Comment: Glad that ‘Interstellar’ win at least for this category. Beautiful visual works in the film, but I guess after this, voters will be bored by another outer space film again.

BEST BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

The Bigger Picture – Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka (Winner)
Monkey Love Experiments – Ainslie Henderson, Cam Fraser, Will Anderson
My Dad – Marcus Armitage

BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM

Boogaloo and Graham – Brian J Falconer, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney (Winner)
Emotional Fusebox – Michael Berliner, Rachel Tunnard
The Karman Line – Campbell Beaton, Dawn King, Tiernan Hanby, Oscar Sharp
Slap – Islay Bell-Webb, Michelangelo Fano, Nick Rowland
Three Brothers -S Aleem Khan, Matthieu de Braconier, Stephanie Paeplow

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

Stephen Beresford, David Livingstone (writer and producer Pride) (Winner)
Elaine Constantine (writer/director Northern Soul)
Gregory Burke, Yann Demange (writer and director ’71)
Hong Khaou (writer/director Lilting)
Paul Katis, Andrew De Lotbiniere (director/producer and producer Kajaki: The True Story)

Comment: Didn’t watch ‘Pride’, and so I was actually rooting for the members behind the film ’71.

RISING STAR AWARD

Jack O’Connell (Winner)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Margot Robbie
Miles Teller
Shailene Woodley

Comment: A good choice in this category which is the only category voted by the public. Jack O’Connell certainly had a wonderful career in 2014 in films. His works in ’71’ and ‘Unbroken’ are incredible. He deserved to win. Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley are also great actually.

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Done watching ‘Whiplash’ (2014) in just few hours before the BAFTA 2015.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2015 by vincentloy

‘Whiplash’ is a 2014 film that tells the story of a young and talented drummer attending a prestigious music academy and finds himself under the wing of the most respected professor at the school, one who does not hold back on abuse towards his students. The drummer then came through all the pressures to achieve greatness and perfection in his performances. The film starred Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, etc (both of them steal the show, the others mean basically nothing in this movie).

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It is a critically acclaimed film and went on to receive five nominations in the coming 87th Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. This is what encouraged me to watch it, and I just did. A fantastic and electrifying film. I’m with the majority of critics out there on agreeing that ‘Whiplash’ is certainly one of the ten best films last year. It’s energetic and exhilarating! Perhaps the best praise to the film shall goes to the performances by J.K. Simmons. And that is why he went on to sweep almost all supporting actor awards available in the current Hollywood awards season. He deserved it so much from his brilliant performance in ‘Whiplash’ as the harsh and abusive music teacher, Terence. But wait…let us not forget on Miles Teller too. He is fantastic as the drummer, Andrew. I can see how much effort he put into this movie. Definitely a young rising star to watch out for!

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‘Whiplash’. What an intense and inspiring film. Out of 10 points, I rate it a total of 7.9.

We are just few hours away from the biggest event in British film calendar, the 68th British Academy Film Awards (or widely known as BAFTAs). It will be held today from 9pm onwards (means very early in the morning over here in Malaysia). What is your predictions, particularly on those important categories?

My personal predictions (final predictions before the awards); Best Film will be a tight race between Boyhood and Birdman. If Boyhood wins Best Film, Birdman will probably takes the Best Director, or otherwise. Outstanding British film will be also another tight race between The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, both that also earned very good amount of nominations in the coming Oscars. Best Leading Actor will most probably goes to Eddie Redmayne for his terrific performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. He had since won Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild for Best Actor too. Dark horses in this category are Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game). Best Leading Actress…no question; Julianne Moore (Still Alice). Also 100% sure that supporting actor will goes to Whiplash’s J.K. Simmons and supporting actress to Boyhood’s Patricia Arquette. The Rising Star Award is the only one voted by the public, and I will go for either Miles Teller or Jack O’ Connell. Both are great and had a wonderful past year in films.

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Full result of 67th BAFTA Film Awards 2014.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2014 by vincentloy

The awards ceremony of the much anticipated 67th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) took place yesterday on 16th February 2014 at Royal Opera House, London. Stephen Fry was the host of the ceremony. The awards, honouring the best of local and foreign films of 2013 is always regarded as a precursor to the upcoming much prestigious Academy Awards or famously known as Oscars. Hereby (below) is the full list of the result:

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Best Film
“12 Years a Slave” – WINNER
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity”
“Philomena”

Comment: Very much predicted. Out of the five, I have watched ‘Captain Phillips’ and ‘Gravity’ fully, and ’12 Years A Slave’ partially. ’12 Years A Slave’ will win best picture with not much competition in Oscars too.

Outstanding British Film
“Gravity” – WINNER
“Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”
“Philomena”
“Rush”
“Saving Mr. Banks”
“The Selfish Giant”

Comment: Expected. This brilliant and innovative science-fiction thriller has to be honoured.

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Kieran Evans (Director/Writer) – “Kelly + Victor” – WINNER
Colin Carberry (Writer), Glenn Patterson (Writer) – “Good Vibrations”
Kelly Marcel (Writer) – “Saving Mr. Banks”
Paul Wright (Director/Writer), Polly Stokes (Producer) – “For Those in Peril”
Scott Graham (Director/Writer) – “Shell”

Film Not in the English Language
“The Great Beauty” – WINNER
“The Act of Killing”
“Blue Is The Warmest Colour”
“Metro Manila”
“Wadjda”

Documentary
“The Act of Killing” – WINNER
“The Armstrong Lie”
“Blackfish”
“Tim’s Vermeer”
“We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks”

Animated Film
“Frozen” – WINNER
“Despicable Me 2”
“Monsters University”

Comment: Yup. Out of these three, ‘Frozen’ easily stood out. The other two nominees are just average.

Director
Alfonso Cuaron – “Gravity” – WINNER
Steve McQueen – “12 Years a Slave”
David O. Russell – “American Hustle”
Paul Greengrass – “Captain Phillips”
Martin Scorsese – “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Comment: Brilliant directing work by Alfonso in ‘Gravity’. Very deserving to win.

Original Screenplay
Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell – “American Hustle” – WINNER
Woody Allen – “Blue Jasmine”
Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas Cuaron – “Gravity”
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen – “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Bob Nelson – “Nebraska”

Adapted Screenplay
Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope – “Philomena” – WINNER
John Ridley – “12 Years a Slave”
Richard LaGravenese – “Behind The Candelabra”
Billy Ray – “Captain Phillips”
Terence Winter – “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Leading Actor
Chiwetel Ejiofor – “12 Years a Slave” – WINNER
Bruce Dern – “Nebraska”
Christian Bale – “American Hustle”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips”

Comment: I actually preferred Leonardo diCaprio. In upcoming Oscars, it will be intense battle between Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club). I think the latter’s film couldn’t be nominated this year as it is not released in Britain yet. But it seems like the latter is the current Oscars’ favourite.

Leading Actress
Cate Blanchett – “Blue Jasmine” – WINNER
Amy Adams – “American Hustle”
Emma Thompson – “Saving Mr. Banks”
Judi Dench – “Philomena”
Sandra Bullock – “Gravity”

Comment: Another predicted outcome. She will face no or very little competition in Oscars this year too. All the nominees here had won Oscars before, so everything is fair.

Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips” – WINNER
Bradley Cooper – “American Hustle”
Daniel Bruhl – “Rush”
Matt Damon – “Behind The Candelabra”
Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave”

Comment: Quite a surprising win. But I do feel glad too for Barkhad Abdi. First cinematic debut and he won best supporting actor. Wonderful! He is the captain now!

Supporting Actress
Jennifer Lawrence – “American Hustle” – WINNER
Julia Roberts – “August: Osage County”
Lupita Nyong’o – “12 Years a Slave”
Oprah Winfrey – “The Butler”
Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine”

Comment: Another expected result. Predicted to win in Oscars too. 

Original Music
“Gravity” – Steven Price – WINNER
“12 Years a Slave” – Hans Zimmer
“The Book Thief” – John Williams
“Captain Phillips” – Henry Jackman
“Saving Mr. Banks” – Thomas Newman

Comment: Happy for ‘Gravity’ to win. The music in this movie gave me goosebumps and successfully brought up the excitement and intensity of the film. 

Cinematography
“Gravity” – Emmanuel Lubezki – WINNER
“12 Years a Slave” – Sean Bobbitt
“Captain Phillips” – Barry Ackroyd
“Inside Llewyn Davis” – Bruno Delbonnel
“Nebraska” – Phedon Papamichael

Comment: Expected also. Great cinematography in ‘Gravity’. Effort paid off.

Editing
“Rush” – Dan Hanley, Mike Hill – WINNER
“12 Years a Slave” – Joe Walker
“Captain Phillips” – Christopher Rouse
“Gravity” – Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger
“The Wolf of Wall Street” – Thelma Schoonmaker

Production Design
“The Great Gatsby” – Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn – WINNER
“12 years a Slave” – Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker
“American Hustle” – Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
“Behind The Candelabra” – Howard Cummings
“Gravity” – Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woodlard

Costume Design
“The Great Gatsby” – Catherine Martin – WINNER
“American Hustle” – Michael Wilkinson
“Behind The Candelabra” – Ellen Mirojnick
“The Invisible Woman” – Michael O’Connor
“Saving Mr. Banks” – Daniel Orlandi

Make Up & Hair
“American Hustle” – Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-Bell – WINNER
“Behind The Candelabra” – Kate Biscoe, Marie Larkin
“The Butler” – Debra Denson, Beverly Jo Pryor, Candace Neal
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” – Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater

Sound
“Gravity” – Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro – WINNER
“All Is Lot” – Richard Hymns, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, Micah Bloomberg, Gillian Arthur
“Captain Phillips” – Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro, Oliver Tarney
“Inside Llewyn Davis” – Peter F. Kurland, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff
“Rush” – Danny Hambrook, Martin Steyer, Stefan Korte, Markus Stemler, Frank Kruse

Comment: Expected result too. ‘Gravity’ will win many technical awards too since it succeeds beyond anything that words can explain. 

Special Visual Effects
“Gravity” – Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny – WINNER
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” – Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds
“Iron Man 3” – Bryan Grill, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick
“Pacific Rim” – Hal Hickel, John Knoll, Lindy De Quattro, Nigel Sumner
“Star Trek Into Darkness” – Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton, Patrick Tubach, Roger Guyett

British Short Animation
“Sleeping With The Fishes” – James Walker, Sarah Woolner, Yousif Al-Khalifa – WINNER
“Everything I Can See From Here” – Bjorn-Erik Aschim, Friederike Nicolaus, Sam Taylor
“I Am Tom Moody” – Ainslie Henderson

British Short Film
“Room 8” – James W. Griffiths, Sophie Venner “Sea View” — Anna Duffield, Jane Linfoot – WINNER
“Island Queen” – Ben Mallaby, Nat Luurtsema
“Keeping Up With The Joneses” – Megan Rubens, Michael Pearce, Selina Lim
“Orbit Ever After” – Chee-Lan Chan, Jamie Stone, Len Rowles
“Sea View” – Anna Duffield, Jane Linfoot

The EE Rising Star Award (voted by the public)
Will Poulter – WINNER
Dane Dehaan
George Mackay
Lupita Nyong’o
Lea Seydoux

Oustanding British Contribution To Cinema 2014
Peter Greenaway

Fellowship Award 2014
Dame Helen Mirren

Comment: I do like Helen Mirren. She is a great actress. It’s good to know that she is honoured with this award (popularly known as Lifetime Achievement Award) that recognizes her outstanding contribution to British cinema. 

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‘Gravity’ won 6 awards, becoming the biggest winner of the night, while ’12 Years A Slave’ is crowned Best Picture overall.  Congratulations to all the winners! What do you think of the result of this year’s BAFTA Film Awards? For me, it’s great and not much surprising. Most outcomes are predicted. The deserving wins. Now, let’s wait for the 86th Academy Awards (Oscars) which will take place on 2nd March 2014.

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Birth of a royal baby sparked worldwide frenzy.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2013 by vincentloy

Congratulation to Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on the birth of their baby boy on 22nd July 2013 in the afternoon. The arrival of the royal baby whom the gender has been kept a secret till labor yesterday has sparked a worldwide frenzy, with many international media already stationed at London for several weeks when Kate Middleton has reached the final month of her first pregnancy. People, journalists and reporters gathered outside the Buckingham Palace, British’s royal residence awaiting official announcement of the arrival of the baby yesterday as seen in image below. (Image source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/files/2013/07/Britain-Royal-Baby3.jpg)

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The great news is finally here. No more waiting or predicting. Kate, accompanied with William at St. Mary’s Hospital, safely delivered the royal baby boy yesterday, and weighs 3.8 kg. Name for the boy has not been decided yet. Only a day old, and the boy (currently there isn’t any picture of him yet), is already becoming a global superstar. He, the third great grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II, would be third in line to the succession of the British throne. Announcement posted of the arrival of the baby: (Image source: http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/68891000/jpg/_68891768_68891767.jpg)

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William said he and his wife, both 31, “couldn’t be happier” after the birth of their first child. The baby, titled His Royal Highness, Prince (name) of Cambridge, is directly in line to inherit the throne after Charles (the baby’s grandfather), Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son and heir, and his eldest son William (baby’s father). How lovely and lucky the baby boy turned out to be. The Queen, and Prince Charles are among the first to express their happiness and joy over the birth of the baby, followed by worldwide leaders including US President Barack Obama.

British landmarks including the London Eye and BT Tower were lit in red, white and blue (colours of Union Jack flag) to celebrate the baby’s birth, while Canada bathed part of the Niagara Falls in blue light. Now, everyone is looking forward to take a look of the baby boy. Would there soon be a new wax figure of the baby boy added to the royal family scene in Madame Tussauds Museum around the world? Very high possibility. Even before he is born, he is already getting so famous. Now, he is not only a prince, but also a superstar. Congratulation to British royal family once again for the arrival of the prince!

‘The Iron Lady’, Margaret Thatcher dies at age 87

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2013 by vincentloy

Known popularly as the ‘Iron Lady’, Margaret Thatcher was UK Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. She was the longest serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is the only woman to have held the office. She is given the famous nickname of  ‘Iron Lady’ due to her uncompromising politics and leadership style, her policies of ‘Thatcherism’ and staunch opposition to Soviet Union and socialism. Her leadership had generated wide appraisal that brought Britain to what it is today and also received backlash and criticism due to high unemployment rate and social unrest as a result of her administration.

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She passed away yesterday at the age of 87 due to stroke. May she rest in peace. UK’s head of monarch, Queen Elizabeth II and UK’s current Prime Minister, David Cameron had earlier expressed their heartfelt condolences to her family. Flags have been lowered to half-mast at Britain’s parliament to mark the passing of Margaret Thatcher as flowers piled up at her London home – but at the other end of the political spectrum, left-wingers threw parties upon news of her death. Some said she contributed significantly to UK, while some said she messed up the country. Come on…it’s not easy to be a Prime Minister (you have to manage and lead the whole nation, and her years was at the time when many crisis occurred too), and she is a woman. Everyone can’t be perfect. Even when her policies are not working well in her years leading the country and you don’t like it, you don’t need to carry so much hatred and have fun over her death. It’s total disrespect to the deceased.

Well, let’s look at a bit of her legacy. A bit of history here; After moving into 10 Downing Street (official office of UK Prime Minister), Thatcher introduced a series of political and economic initiatives to reverse what she perceived to be Britain’s precipitous national decline.  Her political philosophy and economic policies emphasised deregulation, flexible labour markets, the privatisation of state-owned companies, and reducing the power and influence of trade unions. ‘Thatcherism’ came to refer to her policies as well as aspects of her ethical outlook and personal style, including moral absolutism, nationalism, interest in the individual, and an uncompromising approach to achieving political goals. Here below basically summarizes the legacy of the Thatcher era;

POLITICS: Margaret Thatcher timeline

She was not of someone very significant in my years (I’m not even born yet when she became the Prime Minister and I’m not living in UK also) but I believed she is no doubt regarded as one of the most highly influential and strongest Prime Minister in British history, carrying the nickname of ‘The Iron Lady’ that none of us don’t know. I had even took a picture of her (I mean her wax figure during my visit to London’s Madame Tussauds Museum early this year). May she rest in peace.

Below are the list of sources for information and images in this post, and you can click on those links to read more about her too:

http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/08/margaret-thatcher-the-iron-lady-who-divided-a-nation/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/apr/08/iron-lady-margaret-thatcher

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Thatcher

http://gma.yahoo.com/margaret-thatcher–britain-s–iron-lady–prime-minister–dies-120034251.html

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/4/9/reutersworld/1304091019-on-britains-streets-thatcher-divides-in&sec=reutersworld